Corinne Dufka is the West Africa Director at Human Rights Watch with expertise in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger and Sierra Leone. From 1999-2003, she was based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, both as a researcher for Human Rights Watch and, in 2002 during a year’s sabbatical, as a criminal investigator for the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. She ran HRW’s field office in Dakar, Senegal from 2005-2011. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Dufka worked as a photojournalist for the Reuters News Agency and from 1987-1999 covered conflicts in Central America, Bosnia and Africa. She has been honored with the Capa Gold Medal Award, a World Press Photo Award for spot news, the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award, and was a Pulitzer finalist. Before becoming a photojournalist, Dufka worked as a psychiatric social worker in San Francisco. Ms. Dufka holds a Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of California at Berkeley.